Thursday, August 28, 2014

FamilyTree DNA has End of Summer Y-DNA Sale until September 3

All Y-DNA tests and upgrades are on sale for a limited time at FamilyTree DNA. The sale runs until September 3, 2014 (likely 11:59 p.m. CDT).

Here is a run down of the savings on the various Y-DNA tests.

Y37 test (37 markers) regularly $169, on sale $129
Y67 test (67 markers) regularly $268, on sale $199
Y111 (111 markers) regularly $359, on sale $279
Big Y regularly $595, on sale $495

FamilyFinder + Y37 combined tests regularly $268, on sale $228
FamilyFinder + Y67 combined tests regularly $367, on sale $298
Comprehensive Genome (FamilyFinder/Y67/full mtDNA) combined test regularly $566, on sale $497
[Note: for the combo packages, only the Y-DNA portion is on sale. I checked this with a calculator. So you could just order the Y-DNA test itself rather than a combined test and wait for a sale on the FamilyFinder (autosomal) test and then upgrade your Y-DNA test to add FamilyFinder to it.]
Or upgrade a Y-DNA test already taken with FamilyTree DNA to add more markers to your test.
Upgrade a Y12 test to Y37 (12 markers to 37 markers) regularly $99, on sale $70
Upgrade a Y12 test to Y67 regularly $189, on sale $149
Upgrade a Y12 test to Y111 regularly $339, on sale $239
Upgrade a Y25 test to Y37 regularly $49, on sale $35
Upgrade a Y25 test to Y67 regularly $148, on sale $114
Upgrade a Y25 test to Y111 regularly $249, on sale $209
Upgrade a Y37 test to Y67 regularly $99, on sale $79
Upgrade a Y37 test to Y111 regularly $220, on sale $179
Upgrade a Y67 test to Y111 regularly $129, on sale $109

Sorry everyone, I have not found any coupon codes for a discount on the shipping costs that FamilyTree DNA charges.

To get an idea of previous sale prices from each of the three different Genealogy/DNA companies and their various tests, check out a post on the Genealogy Junkie blog site. This Genealogy Junkie post on DNA Test Sales is generally kept up-to-date -- i.e. it now includes this current sale. This listing gives you a good idea of what is a good sale price for a test and approximately when a sale might occur.

Remember, we will be revisiting the topic of DNA and Genealogy at our September meeting of Let's Talk...Genealogy. 

See you soon at the Mt Clemens Public Library!


Limited Time: is giving Free Access to the Newly added databases of its Global Collections is giving free access to 1 billion new records from 67 countries until September 1 (midnight).

Obtain access through the special portal (you may need to scroll down to see it) on the main page when you are not signed in.

From the map below the special portal search engine, you can see which 43 new countries have been added (orange) and what other countries have newly added databases (green.) From what we can figure out, it is these databases that are included in the free access.
Unfortunately, I have not found a list of which specific databases make up this group.

Good Luck Searching!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MyCanvas Website Will Not Be Retired -- It is Changing Hands Instead announced today that its website, MyCanvas, will not be retired after all rather it will now be part of Alexander's.

The announcement was made on's Facebook page and blog page.

Projects at MyCanvas will be accessible thru until the website is transitioned next year to Alexander's. Alexander's is the printer that prints MyCanvas projects.

This is good news for any MyCanvas user.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

AncestryDNA Test On Sale Until August 27 is having a sale on its AncestryDNA (autosomal) test this month. The test is now $79 (20 percent off the normal $99 price) until August 27 at 11:59 EDT. Autosomal tests are for males and females -- it tests what you inherit from both biological parents.

Remember, you can get free DNA shipping on AncestryDNA tests by using the code FREESHIPDNA which is valid until April 1, 2015. (The code is listed on RetailMeNot but you do not have to go to that website to get the code. It is as you see above, all capital letters with no spaces.)


Monday, July 21, 2014

Who Do You Think You ARE? -- New Season Starts on Wednesday

Get Ready! Grab your favorite snack or your laptop and favorite genealogy website,  Season Five of "Who Do You Think You Are? begins this Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 9 p.m. EDT on The Learning Channel (TLC).

Actor Cynthia Nixon is the celebrity featured in episode one. It appears she visited Missouri on her adventure.

You can see a very short preview of the Cynthia Nixon episode on the show's TLC website page. In addition, the episodes are usually available on the TLC website page sometime after they have aired. So if you don't have TLC you should be able to watch the show on your computer over the internet.

Everyone has different television delivery/provider systems. Use your television provider's schedule system to find the TLC channel number on your provider system and to learn when the show will be re-aired again. 

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library! 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AncestryDNA $49 Sale Has Expired Now, The Price is Back to $99

Sorry Everyone!

It appears's low-key sale of an AncestryDNA test for $49 has expired today. The price of an AncestryDNA test is back to the regular price of $99.

If you decided to go with AncestryDNA but missed the sale, just check the that website page often to see if another low-key (not well-publicized) sale occurs. Or, if you decided on one of the other companies, check their websites often for sales as well.

Hopefully, I can get the news of the next DNA sale, from any of the companies, out to sooner.

See you soon at Mt Clemens Public Library!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 AncestryDNA $49 -- Now Half-price But for How Long?

Due to some errant type mysteriously appearing on the original posting of this entry dated July 15, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. EDT,  I have redone this post a couple times and updated an older post which should hopefully eliminate the problem. Sorry for any confusion especially if you are subscribed by email to this blog. There was no other way to fix this problem.

Hey Everyone!

If you have been debating about taking an Autosomal DNA test, this just might sway you. 

At least since Friday, July 11th, has lowered the price of its autosomal AncestryDNA test from the normal $99 to just $49. That is half price!

I know you may have concerns since they just got out of the Y-DNA and mtDNA marketplace but for this price and all the family trees in one place you might want to consider it.

But it seems is not advertising this price like it does with a normal sale. Though today there was a post on's blog about reunions and DNA tests with a link to the hard to find webpage -- the only place you can access the sale price -- there was not one word about the lower price in the blog article. 

Here is a personal blog that has the details on the sale, how to find the specific webpage and a reminder of the same coupon code for free DNA shipping that we mentioned last month.

If you are signed into your account, it seems you will not see the sale price. You need to sign out prior to going to the webpage for the sale.

A couple other blog sites have mentioned a different coupon code -- socialdna -- that supposedly brought the cost down to $46.70 for the test and standard shipping.

Finally, there is no mention of how long this lower price will last. Perhaps this low-key sale is test of some kind for to assess its situation after the company's June retirement announcement.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!